I heard about the Executive Village the other day and thought it was a great idea I would share with my readers in the UK.
What Is The Executive Village?
It’s a combination of networking and small group mastermind set over dinner.
I believe in the power of working with other people in a Mastermind and I’ve written about it before – see my blog postings on Business Masterminds.
The website (where you can book your place at the next Executive Village meeting) says
“Each dinner will commence at 18.30 with open networking and introductions. Dinner will be served at 19.00 hrs.
Over dinner, villagers will take it in turn to pose their challenge/issue/question to the group. In the evening, villagers vote for the top three or four challenges that they would benefit from discussing.
Working around the table in turn, each villager will have the opportunity to ask one insightful question. Once each villager has asked a question and it has been answered there will be a short pause for deliberation.
Based on what they now know and using their individual knowledge and experience, each villager will offer their advice/guidance. Finally, the villager that posed the challenge/issue/question will have the opportunity to respond to what they have heard.
The dinner will end no later than 22.00 hrs.”
These sessions are facilitated to keep things moving along nicely and to allow everyone to contribute and benefit.
Where Does The Executive Village Meet?
At the time of writing (October 2010) there are four established Executive Villages established with more in the pipeline over the next few months.
The active groups are:
Executive Village Bedford
Executive Village Glasgow
Executive Village Sheffield
Executive Village Reading
Here’s some testimonials/feedback from people who went to Bedford - well worth listening to as the benefits are not just about getting answers to your particular question.
Have You Been To An Executive Village Mastermind Meeting?
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has been to an Executive Village meeting, I’d love to hear how you found the experience so please leave a comment below.
This type of cooperative sharing of information and ideas found in masterminds is so important for small business owners when otherwise, it can be a lonely life.
Background To The Executive Village
The Executive Village has been founded by Heather Townsend of The Efficiency Coach who is currently writing the book “The FT Guide To Business Networking: How To Use The Power Of Online And Offline Networking”.
Heather has also agreed this week to join my own personal mastermind group so I want to be seen as doing my bit to help support her and especially when I love the idea of the Executive Village.
How My Masterminds Differ From The Executive Village
Very soon I will be launching my own series of small group masterminds so in some ways I am competing with Heather and the Executive Village concept.
My masterminds are very different – they are virtual.
With Executive Village, you get to meet face to face once per month, you get dinner and you get to discuss a few issues of interest to most of the group in some depth. I may be wrong but the impression I get is that each group may have a revolving membership – some hard core who go to all the mastermind meetings and some new visitors booked on a first come first served basis up to a maximum of 12 people per meeting
With my small group masterminds, you join a fixed group (new members have to be approved by the group) of up to seven people who meet over the Internet (I use Skype) for one hour each week. The meetings follow a set format with opening and closing statements, a round of gratitude (what’s gone well in the last week), a fixed time for each person to ask a question and get answers from the group and then a commitment to a SMART goal for next week.
Which is better?
It depends on what you want.
I am helping to promote Heather and Executive Village because different people will be attracted to the different ways of working the mastermind principle made popular by Napoleon Hill in the classic book “Think & Grow Rich”.
I also think that some people who love the one format will really enjoy the other as well, get some of the same benefits and yet get different benefits too.